APC Youth Forum Commends Senator Goje, Praises His Sense Of Patriotism

The All Progressives Youth Forum commends the exemplary and matured decision of Senator Danjuma Goje to back Senator Ahmed Lawan for the Senate Presidency position. The Forum notes that the action of Senator Goje depicts his unquantifiable commitment to the progress of the country, reason why it was easy for him to subsume his ambition to the larger interest of the party.

For the sake of unity and abiding desire for cohesiveness within the party and the government, Senator Goje made a sacrifice that would no doubt pass as a reference point and of course a lesson to all future politicians whose patriotic desire for the stability of our country is more dear to them than the attainment of a personal ambition. For this singular act, we commend Senator Goje and celebrate his principled passion for the betterment of Nigeria.

Having now increase the chances of our party-backed candidate to emerge the Senate President of the ninth Assembly, it is our prayer that majority of members, either APC or PDP, would see the need to eschew politics and promote the much needed unity in the collective interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.

It’s our hope that the sacrifice of Senator Goje would spur other members to also place the interest of the country above personal or group interest; and to use the opportunity provided by a new beginning which the ninth National assembly represents to advance the progress of Nigeria in line with the objectives of the current government under President Muhammadu Buhari.

Signed:

Ife Adebayo
APYF National Chairman

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2018 Budget: Senate Explains Rationale For New Figure

The Nigerian Senate has said that the 6% increase of the 2018 budget estimates from N8.612 trillion to N9.120 trillion was done in consultation with the Executive arm of government.

Chairman of the Senate committee on Approrpiations, Senator Danjuma Goje, stated this while presenting details of the Appropriation Bill for consideration at Wednesday’s plenary.

Senator Goje also listed the critical sectors where the increase was applied to include: “Reduction of deficit N50.88 billion; Security N46.72billion; Health N57.15billion; Power, Works and Housing N106.50billion; Education (particularly for the infrastructure for the 12 newly established Universities and meal subsidy in Unity schools) N15.70billion; Judiciary N10 billion and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) N44.20billion, which is a part payment of the NDDC liabilities on the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

This, he said, was attributed to the increase in oil price benchmark. To this end, the lawmaker said the proposal was jerked up from $45 per barrel to $51 per barrel. Highlights of the budget are “=N=530,421,368,624 for Statutory Transfer; =N=2,203,835,365,699 for Debt Service; =N=3,512,677,902,077 for Recurrent Expenditure, =N=2,873,400,351,825 for Capital Expenditure, Fiscal Deficit of =N=1,954,464,993,775 and 1.73% Deficit to GDP.”

 

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Nigerians React To Gombe Senator Danjuma Goje’s Call To Scrap FG’s NSIP

Nigerians, mostly beneficiaries of the FG’s very successful NPower program have reacted to calls made by Senator Danjuma Goje to scrap the National Social Investment Program (NSIP) of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Senator Goje, who doubles as chairman Senate Committee on Appropriations, had on Thursday picked holes in the National Social Investment Programme, saying the impact of the programme is not felt at the grassroots.

Some Nigerians who took to different social media platforms expressed disgust at Senator Goje’s comments describing it as “lies from the pit of hell.”

Many of the beneficiaries of the NSIP comprising NPower, National Home Grown School Feeding, Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme, and the National (conditional) Cash Transfer Programme, agreed that Senator Goje had lost touch with his constituency since his inauguration as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

A Facebook user, Abubakar Dala Aliyu wrote: “I have four sisters and a brother enjoying the benefits of N-Power all from Gombe.”

Abdulhakeem A Raji commented thus: “Senator Goje saying no one in Gombe is benefitting from NPower in Gombe is not true. I have many friends and relatives benefitting in Gombe.”

“He lied,” “Big liar,” wrote Aminu Ali Daho, and Isyaku Ila Ahmad respectively.

Ismail Musa Yerima commented: “Unfortunately their political thugs couldn’t hijack the scheme this time. The children of politicians are not in public schools.”

Twitter was not left out, as @awonpeace tweeted “Painfully and sadly, I do not see signs that these law makers have the interest of Nigerian youths at heart.”

@OchonuJoseph “Sen, Danjuma Goje is a “dunce” for making such an unfounded claimed about SIP. I’m proud to be a beneficiary of SIP. It is the only transparent n’ Result oriented program the Nigeria government has ever embarked on that benefits the youth. May nemesis befall Goje”

@1vitalsplash “I’m sure they’re looking for ways to blackmail President Muhammadu Buhari into approving one of their corrupt biddings…”

“The Senate doesn’t care about their constituents…all they are after is the 13.5 million monthly allowance and their constant 750k salary. Many of them are only distinguished to their pockets,” @judesadiq1 tweeted.

It is important to note that the NSIP has been largely adjudged to be free of manipulations of politicians as the program has relied heavily on technology in its implementation and reached beneficiaries across its programs directly. Indeed many Nigerians who have benefited have applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for not bowing to pressure from politicians to turn the program into another political jamboree for political office holders to ‘settle’ their boys.

Nigerians await the passage of the 2018 budget which the executive submitted months ago but the senate has dragged its feet in passing. It remains to be seen if the senators will be able to return to their constituencies to the hundreds of thousands of Nigerians benefiting from the social investments programs if indeed it is scrapped.

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